3:7 The LORD said to
Joshua, "This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of
all Israel, so that they may know that I will be with you as I was
You are the one who shall command the priests who bear the ark of
the covenant, 'When you come to the edge of the waters of the
Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'"
Joshua then said to the Israelites, "Draw near and hear the
words of the LORD your God."
Joshua said, "By this you shall know that among you is the
living God who without fail will drive out from before you the
Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites,
the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is going to
pass before you into the Jordan.
So now select twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each
When the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the
LORD, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan,
the waters of the Jordan flowing from above shall be cut off; they
shall stand in a single heap."
When the people set out from their tents to cross over the Jordan,
the priests bearing the ark of the covenant were in front of the
Now the Jordan overflows all its banks throughout the time of
harvest. So when those who bore the ark had come to the Jordan,
and the feet of the priests bearing the ark were dipped in the
edge of the water,
the waters flowing from above stood still, rising up in a single
heap far off at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan, while
those flowing toward the sea of the Arabah, the Dead Sea, were
wholly cut off. Then the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
While all Israel were crossing over on dry ground, the priests who
bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood on dry ground in
the middle of the Jordan, until the entire nation finished
crossing over the Jordan.
107:1 O give thanks to
the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from
and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited
hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered
them from their distress;
he led them by a straight way, until they reached an inhabited
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful
works to humankind.
For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good
He turns rivers into a desert, springs of water into thirsty
a fruitful land into a salty waste, because of the wickedness of
He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs
And there he lets the hungry live, and they establish a town to
they sow fields, and plant vineyards, and get a fruitful yield.
2:9 You remember our
labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so
that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the
gospel of God.
You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless
our conduct was toward you believers.
As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his
urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life
worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you
received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it
not as a human word but as what it really is, God's word, which is
also at work in you believers.
23:1 Then Jesus said to
the crowds and to his disciples,
"The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat;
therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do
as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.
They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the
shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a
finger to move them.
They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their
phylacteries broad and their fringes long.
They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best
seats in the synagogues,
and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have
people call them rabbi.
But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and
you are all students.
And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father--the
one in heaven.
Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor,
The greatest among you will be your servant.
All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble
themselves will be exalted.